British singer Kerry Katona has opened up about the traumatic birth of her fifth child, revealing both she and her newborn were left fighting for their lives.

The Atomic Kitten singer welcomed a daughter named Dylan earlier this month (Apr14), but she has now explained how her world fell apart within minutes of her baby's birth.

The tot had to be rushed into intensive care after her heart stopped, while Katona underwent an emergency operation to remove her placenta.

She tells Britain's Ok! magazine, "Ten minutes after giving birth she was on my chest and she collapsed. She stopped beating and her heart stopped.

"I was losing loads and loads of blood because the placenta didn't come out and it burst inside me. I was in shock... They manually took out the placenta... I was just screaming and lying on the operating table with all these lights above me... You bargain with God: 'Please let her survive and take me.' I thought, this is it, we're both going to die.'"

However, by the next day, Dylan had made a good recovery. Katona adds, "The next day she was in complete recovery... If it wasn't for those doctors and nurses, God knows what would've happened. Some staff were staying after their shifts ended to make sure everything was okay."